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Booking hotels for my family

Somewhere along the line I got a reputation for being great at choosing hotels. Now my family comes straight to me every time they are going on a trip and asks me to choose the hotels. It's fun to go exploring travel sites but can be a little sad when you realise you aren't going on the holiday with family. I am pretty good at finding great deals on the big chains, but also on cool little local boutique hotels and bed and breakfasts. This blog has some of my tips for other people when they are booking hotels and accommodations.

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Booking hotels for my family

Two signs you'd have a great time if you stayed at a holiday park

by Samuel Wood

Here are some signs you should consider staying at a holiday park.

You like to make lovely meals during your holidays

If you're a foodie and take lots of pleasure in preparing your own delicious and interesting meals, you might want to consider giving the hotels in your next holiday destination a miss and instead book a spot at one of the area's holiday parks.

The reason for this is that, although you can technically make your own meals when you're in a hotel, they're unlikely to be anything interesting, as you'll be limited by the lack of cooking equipment and the fact that you cannot use things like hot plates in most hotel rooms. As such, you may end up eating a lot of basic, cobbled-together meals, such as cheese and crackers, salads or sandwiches, which could quickly become dull and dissatisfying.

However, at a holiday park, you have the option of going all out at mealtimes, if you want to. You can make juicy steaks, sausages and burgers on the barbecue and can use camping stoves or the stove and microwave in your campervan, cabin or motorhome to make chunky soups, buttery mashed potatoes, stir-fries and other tasty foods. As such, if food plays an important role in how much you enjoy your holidays and you prefer to make your meals yourself, then a holiday park would probably be a great place for you to stay.

You want a taste of the great outdoors 

Many people crave being outdoors during their holidays. However, for a lot of holidaymakers, the idea of doing things like wild camping is a bit too out of their comfort zone, as for these people, the joy of holidaying in a tent in a beautiful forest or seaside spot would probably be dampened by the lack of access to their favourite creature comforts.

If this is an issue that you have been wrestling with, then you should start checking out some holiday parks. Unlike many hotels that tend to be in cities and towns which are filled with concrete buildings and traffic-filled roads, these parks are almost always located in seaside or 'green' areas, where you are surrounded by rivers or the ocean, trees, wildlife, and plenty of trails that you can cycle or hike on.  

The beauty of these parks is that you can readily access these delights but still have accommodation in which you feel as comfortable as you would in your own home. For example, after a few hours of hiking a muddy trail, swimming in the local river or even climbing some trees, you can return to your comfy cabin or motorhome in the holiday park, take a long shower, enjoy a delicious meal you've made yourself, switch on a fan to cool yourself down and lay in a soft, cosy bed.